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Exponential Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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390 Reviews
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Reviews: 390
Hads: 1,221
Avg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 1,491
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-08-2003

This Hop Monster uses multiple kettle hop additions with the technique of doubling the hop amount each addition (exponentially). Add in the hop back and the continuous dry hopping and your starting to get the picture. The beer is finished off with a "body-bag" sized hop-bag full of hop cones and oak chips. There it ages and mellows, disguising the alcohol content for a double strong, incredibly hoppy, yet drinkable beer.
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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pub.
Tuesday 01-31-11 – The Aftermath

Served up in a 10oz Snifter Tulip

A: Expo pours a very well conditioned caramel color. Great clarity. Two fingers of bone white whip top the glass with some great retention skills. Splashes of lace.

S: Aroma is a real nice burst of hops. All grapefruit and pine really. Very floral and hop forward. Some faint alcohol vapor.

T: Pine is predominant and resinous. Some grass, citrus, and floral hop notes. Light caramel malts and lots of vanillin from the oak chips. Especially in the finish. Not all that intense from a bitterness perspective. Which makes sense, that exponentially you are increasing hops towards later additions in the boil, but really there is no sharp bitter hop bite at all. So smooth. Alcohol is incorporated extremely well here. A real high wire balance act. Previous batches have been a bit too boozy for my liking but this is one its barely detectable. Hops are a step down from the nose but damn this is one smooth brew. Scary. Keith muthafuckin’ Stone!

M: Incredibly light in body for such a big DIPA. I’d say more medium overall with a nice creamy texture. Good carb. Dry and crisp finish.

D: Really enjoyed this batch. An 11% ABV DIPA should not be this drinkable. I think the conditioning is right on. Nice hop flavors with a good amount of vanilla character. Not boozy at all.

This is NOT a hop bomb like the name eludes but it is quite the tasty treat. A really great practice of craftsmanship.

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Photo of OTB
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second bottle from the Friday release. Beautiful golden color with a rather thin white head that dissipates rather quickly. This beer is very clear and clean looking. The nose s all monstrous hops, I mean HUGE hops with pine resin and bitter citrus notes on the back end. The first impression on the pallette is holy hop monster, hang on baby this is not for the faint of heart. Unbelievably the guys at Alpine have crafted a hop centric beast that is not only incredibly balanced but brilliantly flavorful without any noticeable heat from the 11% abv. There are tons of hops, oak and tropical fruit that just attack your taste buds in an amazingly refreshing way. The mouth is cleaned with great carbonation that leaves your pallette clean and bone dry, no cloying sweetness at all, the finish lasts thirty seconds at least. This is just a freak of a beer. So huge in every way but so drinkable for it's size. I am glad I was able to grab several bottles. This is not an everyday beer but a brew you sit down with when nothing else needs to be attended to. Bravo to the crew at Alpine for crafting another amazing beer.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade with Thome50 last Summer. Reviewed from notes.

Shared with friends during the Woodward Dreamcruise.

A: Nice orange color. White foamy head. Good lacing.

S: Slam to the nose with fresh piney hops!

T: This one is a punch in the mouth of hops. Like brushing your teeth with them. Very over the top in a good way.

M: Medium body and well carbonated.

O: Glad to have checked this one off. Big my favorite DIPA, but I see why it has such a following.

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass with a thin layer everywhere else. There is a mild amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops. Citrus peel and pine hops are both present. As hoppy as the beer smells, it's also quite smooth. Sweet malt mixes with the citrus and is quite nice. Just a hint of woodiness as well.

Taste: No way I would have guess this beer is 11%. The hop profile is wonderful. Pine hops dominate, with some citrus flavors in the mix as well. Some tangerine and maybe some pineapple. The finish is bitter and very woody. You can definitely pick up the oak and it is a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel: The body is just on the thick side of medium with lots of fluffy carbonation. The finish is a touch dry at first and then it gets slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic Imperial IPA. The addition of the oak just puts it over the top. Extremely smooth given the Abv. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, courtesy of millerbuffoon, poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Shared at a tasting.

A: Hazy amber body under a finger of creamy eggshell foam. Great retention and lacing, especially for its strength.

S: Intense, directly organic hops: pine, floral, grapefruit, mango, vanilla, and general sweet greatness.

T: Follows the nose: hugely hoppy, sweet vanilla, lemon-lime citrus hoppiness, oak, and some booze. Huge.

M: Sticky medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation. Solid.

O: Not for the faint of heart. Gigantic hops + gigantic alcohol + substantial oak = a monster of a beer. While this one has potential to spare to become an unbalanced mess of sweetness, it has enough hops to keep that from happening. Genuinely impressive, and genuinely delicious.


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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.83/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid beer, the beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a white head. the smell is very citrusy with a faint hint of malt. the taste follows suit with a nice citrus flavor but its so smooth and drinkable that there is very little bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little to full for the style. overalll a very good beer but not bitter enough.

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Photo of Cisco619
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into Ballast Point pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with 3 fingers of white head after a vigorous pour. The way the carbonation slowly bubbles up the glass, overcoming the hop oils is mesmerizing.

S: Mango & pineapple. A nice hop dankness rounds out the scent before getting hit with that tropical fruit sweetness. Quite enticing.

T: Dank hops & bready malts. Very mild hop bitterness rolls through to the back of the tongue leading to a crisp finish. Not as intense as the nose, but nice balance.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice hop tackyness. Slight bitterness mingles with the carbonation to tickle the tongue. Dry finish that leaves a hop oil veil in the mouth.

O: Good but not great. Maybe fresher this is a more intense beer. Good nose, but doesn't follow through to the taste. Still better than alot of overly bitter, unbalanced hop bombs masquerading as palatable ipa's.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber graciously provided by Cisco619 into RR-tion glass.

Pours a dark, hazy, golden hue. There is a small, but thick head that quickly vanishes into a slight, white ring with a hefty amount of lacing.

The smell is of fresh hops, with a bit more of a malt backbone than I expected. The two scents meld together to make a bitterly sweet scent, in a good way.

There are a lot of flavors going on here for a 'hop bomb'. I'm noticing bitter hops and some sweet, slightly bready malt. The hops are definately prevelant, but the malt is there in the back. The 11% is pracically invisible.

This is all DIPA in the mouth. I'm feeling the oily hops which I love sooo much. Substantial body rounds this out.

This beer is in an absolute winner. Ive had several that I enjoyed more, but this is a fanatastic beer that is well worth the search to enjoy it.

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Photo of chalsk
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at a Damico beer tasting. Pours a golden color with a white foam head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, and earthiness. Alcohol comes through a bit. Sweet citrus taste with a nice harsh hop hit. Yet still somehow smooth and creamy. Damn tasty.

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Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to trying this one, poured into my Duvel snifter.

This hoppy monster can almost be smelled across the room. Great piney smell and vast citrus, mostly grapefruit i guess, maybe pineapple?

Nice color to this imperial IPA, great white foam that clinged to the glass an hour after i was done with it as well.

Very smooth as well, didn't feel the 11% abv at all, maybe a little after i drank the whole bottle.

I would say this ranks third in my personal imperial IPA rankings, behind DFH 90 and RR Pliney, and just ahead of Lost Coast Double Trouble, will be seeking this one out again!

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Photo of Drazzamatazz
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Brez07, again we were in agreement (completely this time) so I'm using his review.

A: Burnt orange hue with a 1 finger cream head. Retains a small layer can be replicated with a swirl of the glass

S: Tons of hops right up front. Citrusy notes, grapefruit, oranges slices, melon. As it warms, the fruit fades a little and some light scallion appears. Some breadiness comes through. Slight tinge of alcohol

T: Juicy citrus hops explode on the palate, but do not overwhelm. Very well balanced beer. Just a touch of piney bitterness. Residual sweet passion fruit like flavor in the finish. Strange pepper presence on the front of the tongue towards the end of the glass

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth due to light carbonation. Very minor amount of residual bitterness

D: Considering the bottle says this is a triple IPA, it drinks fabulously. Super hoppy but yet doesn't kill your palate. Fantastic balance

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review a long time coming. Growler highlight of the n00b BIF 5. Sexy sexy.

Dark golden with a fine upstanding white head. Tremendous lacing on the glass, a little haze in there, as there should be.
Massive fruit aroma, oranges and grapefruits, a little lemon and apricot, there's pine and fir up in there too. No noticeable alcohol at all in the nose or in the flavor. Incredibly done.
The bitterness quickly fades into a citrus assault, a little malt to back it up, but not sweet, just delicious. Terrific.
Shared this with 3 other good people amidst drinking a bunch of delicious beers, and this was an absolute stud. I could drink this beer for hours, like a peach.

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Photo of brian44556
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Hats off to Sixofsigmas for the awesome trade. No dating on the bottle, but this one is fresh.

Pours a hazy, honey orange, with a 2 finger, frothy white head. Great lacing left on the sides of the glass. One of the best looking heads I have ever witnessed on a DIPA. The smell is citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, all from the strong hops. This beer is sitting 3 feet from me as I review and the smell from it is still overwhelming. Taste is bitter citrus with a great sweet malt backbone. The beer is perfectly carbonated and has a great crisp, finish. All I can say is...WOW. This may be the best DIPA I have had. It is a shame this one may only come around once a year (if I'm lucky). This ranks up with HopSlam, Pliny, etc as a top tier DIPA.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dominant aromas of resin and grapefruit with a lesser note of mango. The taste has a balanced sweetness and hints of overripe fruit. Finishes grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and undercarbonated, but this growler had been opened the day before.

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Photo of litheum94
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. No bottling dates.

Murky amber body, perhaps chill hazed. Moderate, lace white head. Awesome lacing.

A melange of hop aromas: tea, mango and ganja. Very leafy and herbal. A passing whiff of biscuit malts.

Mango sweetness and summer grass. Herbal flavors of tea and ganja. Honeyed malts build a backbone that is immediately overcome by pine bitterness. Alcohol starts to build as it warms. Great balance for all the hop flavors.

This reminds me of PtY with more aggressive bitterness. This comes so damn close to a perfect beer.

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Photo of HosP
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ren for this hoppy drink. Poured 22 oz into snifter.

A- Pours dark orange, golden color. Thick fluffy white head that leaves sticky lace the whole way down the glass.

S- Very nice big hop aroma. Citrus notes come through the strongest. Slight malt aroma towards the end mixed with grapefruit.

T- Just how I like my DIPA's, lots of hops! Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and pine hop flavors mixed throughout from start to finish. Nice malt touch in the background. Bitterness isn't as much as expected. Love the hop flavors that just don't stop in this beer.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Some bitterness stays with you.

D- Very much enjoyed this DIPA. Would eagerly drink another one anytime. If your a fan of hops, this is your kind of beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another big THANK YOU to millerbuffoon for acquiring this through a trade.

A - Pours a bright copper gold color with a cream colored cotton candy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass like total glue, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S - VERY pungent pineapple, oranges, mangos, grapefruit, spicy, resinous, oily, and mildly piney.

T - This is the BEST part of this beer. It's a huge, no, colossal basket of tropical fruity goodness that's incredibly resinous, spicy, piney, and a little vinous. It's also slightly boozy with a crackery malt underneath that's big, bold, spicy, slightly garlic, and a little bit oaky.

M - Medium body with resiny hops that leave a coating in the mouth that
's very indicative of fruit rinds.

O - a "FANTABULOUS" beer! If you can get it, you absolutely have to try this one.

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Photo of jdense
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle procured at Texas Wine and Liquor, Carlsbad, CA, shared with Baker City Boys 9.15.11, $16+tax, ouch!

Nary any head, small ring around edge of glass produced some decent spider-legs after swirling, a few small trails of carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Light amber color, clear. Nose features the oak quite prominently, not picking up much hops, a bit of citrus, along with some caramel. Taste mirrors nose, once again not picking up a lot of hops, the oak 'dry hop' is quite prominent in the taste too. Mouthfeel a bit on the light side of medium, sticky, significant amount of alcohol heat. While I appreciate the grail status of this beer, I just don't get it aroma or tastewise. We did a side by side with Barley Brown's Tank Slapper, and IMO there's just no comparison. Glad I was able to share this with the homeys, but I'll opt for the Nelson or Duet next time.

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Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken from my iPhone on September 13th, 2011. Picked up from the brewery and stored in the coolest/darkest conditions possible for about a month and a half.

22 ounce bomber poured into a footed pilsener glass (because my girlfriend lacks a decent selection of beer-related glassware). Solid copper body with a thick finger of frothy white head.

Aroma is massively hopped. Huge hop bouquet; floral, pine, and citrus (apricot, grapefruit, pineapple, orange) take over. Slight caramel flavor along with just the most subtle hint of smoked woodiness.

Flavor is not bitter in the least. Huge citrus taste with a bit of pine and a surprisingly balancing roasted and caramel malty background. The fact that this is 11% ABV is extraordinarily well-hidden.

Full-bodied but the level of carbonation makes it fairly drinkable. Surprisingly sweet considering the sheer amount of hops, but not overpowering. This one may not be Pliny, but it is absolutely delicious and at 11%, extremely dangerous.

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Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for the chance to try this long time want. I owe you big time Brett.

Poured into a pub glass this brew appears a lightly hazed color of golden yellow. A finger's worth of yellowish stained cap sits atop the brew. When held to the light, this brew displays more of a yellow coloration along the edges and through the body more of a deep orange to copper. The head maintains fairly strong with a creamy layering that sticks in thick patches of lace and spotty patterns on the glass. A light swirl brings the cap back to a finger's strength once it fades.

The smell of this brew is a combination of citrus and fruity hops initially that are very inviting. It smells of rinds, zest and pulp from a combination of orange and grapefruit. A bit of catty to almost cheese character provides a bit of a stinky hop accent to the sweet smelling fruited character of the hops. More smells reveal a bit of a green leafy hop character smelling lightly of yeast and grass mixed with a whole garden of fresh cut herbs. The aroma of this brew pretty much nails every aspect of the hoppy spectrum of scents, fantastic.

The taste is bitter but not as bitter as I was expecting. It is flavored with orange rinds and grapefruit mixed with mango and something more along the lines of cantaloupe and other melons. Green leafy hop character almost like grass is evident throughout with an herbal touch and more of a bit of young yeasty quality. I have never been the type of person who drinks a beer and tries to meticulously pick out every ingredient that I think is included in a brew but wow does this have a strikingly similar flavor profile to a DIPA I recently made that was heavy on the late additions of centennial and amarillo. A long lasting aftertaste of grassy and melon-like hops persists in the mouth with a very light touch of alcohol and hardly any malty character. At times this almost comes across as an ESB on steroids. There is a huge fresh garden herbal aspect to this brew that just begs to be paired with a variety of foods.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. 11% abv is unreal, this drinks more like it is closer to 7% than double-digits. This makes for a super smooth and easily drinkable DIPA. This is a very unique example of the style. If you haven't had it, you owe yourself the opportunity to give it a try. I think Alpine makes some of the best hoppy brews out there and while this one is good, I think they make others that are better that don't get enough recognition. Brett, thank you again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear and gold into my tulip glass. A finger of white frothy head sticks around with good lacing down the glass.

Smells of loads of grapefruit citrus and tropical fruits. Beautiful.

Classic hopped up West Coast IPA. Loads of dank grapefruit and pine throughout the whole palate with hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits. Very little malt to this one.

A tad bit sticky, but overall pretty light and well carbonated.

Another hit for Alpine. Not quite to the level of PtE but a very solid DIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into some tall heavy Seas glass on 8/21/11

Many thanks to nrbw23

Clear, faded and paled amber. One finger head. Thin retention but very good lace.

Dense hop aromas. Pine and citrus - grapefruit, pineapple and such. Candied citrus. Deep, grainy malt tones. Smells a bit sweet. Tastes a bit sweet, too. Sweet grain offsets pine hops and undertones of citrus. It isn't an overly bitter beer, though. Full body with lower carbonation. Kind of slick with alcohol heat.

Pretty nice. I'd really like to try it fresh on tap sometime.

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Photo of younggunz
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Gold/Amber 1.5 finger head, nice lacing, hazy.

S Cascade hops, pine resin, floral notes, TONS of citrus--mostly grapefruit--, tropical fruit, nutty malt presence (almond).

T- The best DIPA+ I have ever had. Very minimal alcohol presence, slight burn in the throat when warm. Bitter yet smooth, pine, citrus notes, mango, oak, honey, minimal malt backbone.

M- smooth, full, minimal carbonation

O-This beer is fantastic. Easily one of my favorites of any style. For hop-heads, it's an absolute must have.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes

Brought this to a bottle share event, split 4 ways, so we each got about 5.5 ounces.

A: Poured into a small snifter, the beer pours clear, with a semi haze, and is a bright copper, almost tangerine color. A healthy half inch of white head formed, and settled to a ring of bubbles, depositing a light sticky film on the glass.

S: Juicy grapefruit, pineapple, pine, citrus burst, lemon zest. The aromas are the best trait of this beer.

T: Buttery, caramel malt, even blend of alcohol, hops, and malt notes. Bitter finish, but nice and clean.

M: Light to medium carbonation, medium and smooth mouth.

O: Great sipper, a treat, but would be a lot for one person, so glad we were sharing this. A few of us were expecting even more hops notes in this, but it says right on the bottle that they "age it, and let it mellow", so although there ARE a LOT of hops that went into the process, and making of the beer, their presence is what I would best describe as a smooth presence. Recommended.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Woodshop Classix
Anaheim, CA

Thanks Steven and Crystal for sharing this!

Golden amber and orange. Persistent, thick white head, and regular lacing down the glass. What more can you ask for?

Gobsmacked by this beer's aroma! I'd heard so much about this beer, but had never yet experienced it for myself, and if nothing else, the aroma is all they said and more! Pine and citrus explosion, without being too sweet or sappy.

Surprisingly balanced DIPA, especially after all I'd heard about it. Piney and floral flavors with a substantial bitterness, and enough bready, crystal, and caramel malts to balance things out nicely. Far more drinkable than I ever would have imagined.

Medium bodied, yet crisp and incredibly drinkable. No hint of alcohol. No DIPA since Pliny the Younger has hidden its alcohol this well.

So glad I got to try this, and it did not disappoint!

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Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.